I sketched up three halloween costume ideas this week. I’ll be completing this project by myself.
My first idea is to create a black cropped crewneck sleeveless top with an array of red, orange, yellow, and white LEDs in the shape of a flame. I would be wearing this with khaki pants to complete the costume for a matchstick.
My hope is that I could make the LEDs glow in a pattern that evokes the burning of a flame.
Another idea I had was to dress up as a magic 8-ball. There are various tutorials and code available online for a magic 8 ball, as shown in the video below
The LCD display shows a different “fortune” whenever there is a tilt sensor input, which I will embed in my costume so that it responds to my jumping.
For the garment itself, I’ll make it a crewneck, black shift dress with a zip closure on the center back. This way, I can keep it relatively simple and even have a pattern for a dress I could remake without the circuit.
My favorite idea is to be a flasher! The idea is to wear a nude full bodysuit underneath a trench coat that has flashing LEDs on the lining of the fabric. People would ask me what I’m dressed as, and I would open my trench coat revealing a flashing interior and what will, for a split second, will look like my nude body. I have a trench coat in the works already and I would like to attached a second lining layer with an embedded circuit for this project.
I currently have a trench coat that I have the pattern for. I’ll cut out a second lining layer for the right and left front pieces and embed a circuit with an Adafruit GEMMA, flora neopixels, and a photocell (to detect when the coat is open). The idea is that I’ll program the neopixels to flash when the photo cell detects light.